Red-claw Ritual(*A tale of the Yorwa People)Red-claw Ritual by ~Talzhemir1
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It was the longest, coldest night of year.
The mouth of the cave was hidden by snow.
The moon was full, making everything bright.
Three members of the Red-claw Tribe arrived outside.
They had traveled for days to find this place.
First came Strong-bone the hunter, and his bear Oochuff.
Instead of a spear, tonight Strong-bone was carrying a stout staff.
Next was Grandma Snow-paw, wrapped in chalk-colored elk pelt.
Last was Reed-boy, Strong-bone's son.
He was very excited because tonight
he would learn a Great Secret of the tribe.
"Strong-bone and Oochuff," said Grandma Snow-paw,
"Make the challenge! Reed-boy, come with me."
At Strong-bone's hand-signal, Oochuff reared on his
hind legs and roared. His breath was like smoke in the air.
At first there was no response.
There came an answering groan from another bear.
They saw her come running out of the cave.
She ran a